Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Intel Developers Forum
The road map for Intel is looking quite amazing, and likewise, that of future Macs. CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini demonstrated, during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the new and upcoming "Penryn" family of processors and, as well, the next-generation "Nehalem" architecture. This is the industries very first 32-nanometer (nm) chip, a chip so small that Mr. Otellini said that it could contain as much as 4-million transistors on the space of the period at the end of this sentence. These amazing Intel creations should see the light of day sometime in 2009.
Mr. Otellini stated, "Our tic-tock strategy of alternation next generation silicon technology and a new microprocessor architecture -- year after year -- is acceleration the pace of innovation in the industry. "Tick-tock is the engine creating today's most advanced technologies and keeps them coming out at a rapid cadences. Our customers and computer suers around the world can count on Intel's innovation engine and manufacturing capability to deliver state-of-the-art performance that rapidly becomes mainstream."
This is amazing when I think back.... way back to my youth when the personal computer was in its infancy. It seems just like yesterday that my friends and I were drooling over the latest Motorola 68000 chip, or that of the Intel 8088 chip sets. I also remember my very first computer, the amazing, and if I do say so, almost sexy, Commodore Pet. It was an all-in-one powerhouse. Yep, that 8-bit supercomputer (at the time) ran at the almost unheard of speed of 1 mega-bits per-second and came complete with a huge 8 or 9 inch, black-and-white screen! Not only that, but incredible, so don't eat your hearts out, it featured an astounding 8 k of ram (double other pc's) and stored all of its programs on its built-in-cassette tape recorder.
But now, the most amazing part of all - the price. All that stupendous power came for a measly price of $1280 Cdn. dollars. In other words, today I could go out and buy a 20-inch color, all-in-one iMac with one billion bytes of memory, 250 billion byte hard-drive and a 64 bit dual processor!
The advances in the personal computer business, as can be seen in the comparison with the Commodore Pet with that of the newly release aluminum iMac is nothing short of incredible!
At the pace of innovation in the industry, one that, by the way, is leap frogging itself every few years, I can't help but wonder what we will get with that same $1,200 in just a few short years from now. How about a computer with 100 gigabytes of ram, 50-quadrillion bytes of hard drive (most likely flash drive, or something totally new,) holographic screen that projects full 3D images -life size, and naturally voice recognition and speach? Who knows, but what ever it is, we know one thing, it will make todays computers look even more simple than the new iMac makes the Commodore Pet does today.
For more information from the Intel development form, my nephew, Rob, is covering all the news, in person, at his excellent site: http://www.techgage.com
Also Appleinsider, the source of this posting will fill you in with their excellent insights: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/09/18/intel_shows_off_32nm_chip_offers_update_on_penryn_nehalem.html
And thats my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, September 19, 2007.